Have you ever wondered what it looks like to truly live humbly in this hour in which humility is based on a sliding scale of man’s opinions and ideas? In our culture humility is considered to be a person of low means or one who is a philanthropist of some sort. Lately, with all that we have been experiencing inside and outside the church walls, I have been confronted with the question of what is true humility?
Indulge me a second as I believe I have received God’s perfect explanation of this:
We are walking through a garden in the evening…unbeknownst to those already there…the disciples and Jesus. Peering into this beautiful and yet immensely difficult scene, we see the one we celebrated as King 33 years earlier…now requesting the disciples to tarry with Him in prayer. He goes a stones-throw away and begins to pray…as His eyes look into this “cup” (which is us with all of our sin and the resulting pain, disease, and death it brings to us and those around us), He is asking His Father to remove this cup if at all possible in His own humanity, however, the other side of His being, the God side, declares “not my will but your will be done. I will drink the cup of suffering. This cup is worth the purchase price, the Bride price.
Abba, lead us today in the way of true humility, that like Jesus, we will esteem others higher than ourselves and yet be true to the value and purpose you have placed on each of our lives. Help us to live well and with intent. This is the best way to show gratefulness and love in action. In Jesus name. AMEN.